Wednesday, September 19, 2012

The Beachy Blue Desk

I have painted a LOT of furniture in the last few months, and I have not blogged about hardly any of it.  Not only that, but I have been horrible about taking “before” pictures of my victims…  In the case of this desk makeover, I have only a couple of pictures, and for some reason, they are pictures of only half of the desk..?…  Don’t know why.  I picked up this desk at Goodwill.  I was immediately drawn to it because of these babies :)

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Yes!  Glass pulls and knobs!  Actually I had to buy a badly damaged waterfall dresser and mirror along with the desk just to get this desk.  It was to be sold as a set at Goodwill, and they wouldn’t split it up.  Lord knows when I’ll get around to tackling the peeling veneer on that dresser!  But that’s another post.

The desk was painted an evil, horrible spearmint white with the drawer fronts a pale pepto pink.  It was not pretty; it was filthy.  But those glass handles…ahhh… they called out to me.

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Here’s the half of the desk photo that I took.  Again, no idea why? As you use your imagination, you’ll guess that the other side of the desk is identical :)

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So, I took off the precious hardware and scrubbed and scrubbed this baby 'til it hurt!  Then I decided to paint the base in Annie Sloan’s Old White and the drawer fronts in a mix of Old White and Duck Egg Blue.  You just can’t go wrong with that combination. 

Then the headaches started… The evil, horrible spearmint white that I pointed out earlier began to rear its ugly head!  The Old White gives great coverage, but honestly, that spearmint white wanted to be seen!  It’s hard painting “white over white”; at least it is for me.  It’s because you can’t see clearly if you’ve got really good coverage all over like you can if you are painting a light over a dark color.  But I digress…  After 2 coats and many touch ups and a very light distressing (because too much distressing revealed too much spearmint), I finally got the body like I wanted it.  the drawers were fun!  I just painted them Old White and dry brushed Duck Egg Blue over in one direction.  I just eye-balled it and did it however I liked it.

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At first I put the desk in my booth with no chair.
No sell…

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Then I added a chair from my out of control stash… Hey, DON'T JUDGE!

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Muuuchhh better…

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Please excuse the weird collage borders.  Pic Monkey and I are just now making friends!

Finally, I had the privilege of being in the shop when a very sweet lady came in and purchased my desk to put in her beach home.  She loved it, and I was happy to see it go to a place where it would fit right in.

 wtoc beach photo
image via

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Here’s wishing you never find any spearmint white paint, but that you luck up and find some fabulous glass pulls…


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melissa @

The desk looks great! You are right - you can't go wrong with Old White and Duck Egg! It is one of my favorite combos! I know it is going to look beautiful in that beach house. . . How I long for a beach house! Life to the full, Melissa

melissa @

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Hi. I noticed the photo. Do you live in Savannah?


Beautiful makeover - and I love the handles too
AND I AM judging you on that amount of chairs lol - because I've finally met my match :)
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